What will it take for Flyers to make winning a habit again?

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

Postgame: Dayton's Anthony Grant on victory over Duquesne

So where is Dayton basketball after an 88-73 win over Duquesne on Wednesday night?

The Flyers are 11-12 overall and 5-6 in the Atlantic 10. 

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Their problems have been identified by now.

Their strengths, too. 

Starting with the negatives is unfortunate, but we kind of have to when a team is a game below .500 on the year, right?

And when a game like Wednesday happens, we remember why a sub .500-record is so disappointing for this Dayton squad.

Even with all the new faces and new roles.

Even with a new coach.

Even against a tough schedule.

The Flyers should be better right?

Well, they haven’t been.

If they are going to be, they can’t wait any longer.

The biggest goal of the season is out the window – they won’t be winning the Atlantic 10 for a third straight regular season.

They aren’t getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, either, despite playing a schedule worthy of one if they had, you know, won a lot more games.

But a strong finish is important.

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This is not the NBA where a team can actually win for losing by earning a higher draft pick.

Tanking is not an option at this level. Well, at least not a smart one.

Dayton has six games left in the regular season.

After that, there’s the yearly March reset.

The conference tournament will present another chance to make this season memorable for the right reasons, something to build on and of course the potential to make the NCAA tournament for the fifth year in a row.

Even if they don’t accomplish that, there are positives to be wrung from this campaign.

Offseasons are long. Losing records are forever.

Narratives can be hard to change once they are developed. 

Dayton has made the commitment to winning. It’s got the facilities and the fans of a major program.

Not every step will be forward, but falling too far backward at one time can be debilitating when going out there to sell the brand and recruit the best.

Momentum is important.

So how does this Dayton team finally build some of that? 

If you’ve read this far, you might be expecting some sort of brilliant answer.

There’s not one.

I don’t have it, and neither does Anthony Grant. 

Oh, there are plenty of potential answers. Some of them might even work. They just aren’t going to break any new ground.

That’s probably why he laughed when asked if he had recorded his halftime talk.

Certainly he said something inspiring that led Dayton to, um, fly out of the gate in the second half, right? They outscored the Dukes 20-5 in the opening minutes of the second stanza and hardly looked back.

Dayton ended up shooting over 80 percent in the second half en route to a 15-point win that snapped a two-game losing streak.

That first part isn’t going to happen every night, but they can share the ball and play that hard again and expect similar results. 

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“You know what? Our guys have heard my voice enough now they can probably tell you everything I say before I say it,” Grant said.

The veteran coach seemed to like hearing Trey Landers’ solution for finally achieving that consistency that has eluded the Flyers since the start of Grant’s first season on the bench at his alma mater. 

“I would just say our habits, what we do on a day-in, day-out basis,” the sophomore wing said. "A big thing for us is just being able to repeat those habits. Some games we come out and we have 25 assists. We win by 20. Then some games we lose to teams we feel like we shouldn’t lose to. So I just feel like it’s consistency.” 

Trey Landers scored 12 points and added nine assists as the Flyers beat Duquesne on Wednesday night.

So there you have it! 

All Dayton has to do to return to the top of the Atlantic 10 is, well, do what it is supposed to do to be at the top of the Atlantic 10. 

Like I said, it’s not a brilliant theory, but it is time-tested. 

You’ve no doubt heard that cliched quote, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!” 

That’s often attributed to Vince Lombardi, but apparently the legendary Green Bay Packers coach never said that exact phrase (or at least wasn’t the first to if he did). 

He did, however, lay out something similar in his book, What It Takes To Be Number One.

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while. You don’t do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. 

“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” 

So that’s something to watch the rest of the way — and what is likely to determine not only how this season ends up, but what is in store for the rest of Grant’s tenure because the challenge of getting a team to work hard, be disciplined and play the right way never goes away. 

The Flyers need a strong finish, and that is within their grasp. 

Wednesday night proved that again. 

Now we’ll see if they can hold on this time. 

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Marvin Bagley III returning to Duke lineup against Syracuse on Saturday

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

After missing the last four games, Marvin Bagley III will return to the Duke Blue Devils starting lineup on Saturday against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

WRALSportsFan.com reported on Saturday morning that Bagley had recovered enough from a mild knee sprain to return after over two weeks on the shelf.

The Blue Devils found their groove without the superstar freshman, winning all four of the games that they played and making the switch to running primarily zone on defense. That shift along with moving Grayson Allen into more of a distributing role has resulted in an average margin of victory of 17 points per game with Bagley out.

With Bagley returning, he figures to slot into the middle of their zone and gives Allen a dynamic post presence to run offense through. So Duke should have an opportunity to finish their season on a high note and contend for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with the home tilt against Syracuse, a trip to Virginia Tech and then North Carolian at home to finish the season.

Despite missing the four games, Bagley still leads the ACC in double-doubles on the season and is averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game on the season. Duke was 19-5 with Bagley in the lineup but had lost three of their last four prior to his injury late in the loss to North Carolina.

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Olympics Hockey 2018: Scores, schedule, bracket, results for Saturday (02/24/2018)

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM

Olympics Hockey 2018 continued this Saturday, February 24, with the men’s hockey bronze medal game.

Canada played the Czech Republic for the bronze medal.

Olympics Hockey 2018: Schedule, scores for Saturday

Saturday, February 24

LIVE SCORES

  • Canada 6, Czech Republic 4

Olympics Hockey 2018: Bracket

Men’s Hockey

Click here for a live bracket

Playoff qualification (winners to quarterfinals)

Note: All times ET

  • Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)

Quarterfinals

  • Germany 4, Sweden 3 (OT)
  • Canada 1, Finland 0
  • Czech Republic 3, USA 2 (shootout)
  • Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Norway 1

Semifinals

  • Olympic Athletes from Russia 3, Czech Republic 0
  • Germany 4, Canada 3

Bronze Medal

  • Canada 6, Czech Republic 4

Gold Medal

  • Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Germany, 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 24

Olympic Men’s Hockey 2018: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Czech Republic 2 1 0 0 9 4 +5 8
2 Canada 2 0 1 0 11 4 +7 7
3 Switzerland 1 0 0 2 10 9 +1 3
4 South Korea 0 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Olympic Athletes from Russia 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6
2 Slovenia 0 2 0 1 8 12 -4 4
3 USA 1 0 1 1 4 8 -4 4
4 Slovakia 1 0 1 1 6 7 -1 4

Group C

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Sweden 3 0 0 0 8 1 +7 9
2 Finland 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6
3 Germany 0 1 0 2 4 7 -3 2
4 Norway 0 0 1 2 2 11 -9 1

Olympic Women’s Hockey 2018: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Canada 3 0 0 0 11 2 +9 9
2 USA 2 0 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3 Finland 1 0 0 2 7 8 -1 3
4 Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 0 0 3 1 15 -14 0

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Switzerland 3 0 0 0 13 2 +11 9
2 Sweden 2 0 0 1 11 3 +8 6
3 Japan 1 0 0 2 6 6 0 3
4 Korea 0 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0

Olympics Hockey: Scores, results

Saturday, February 10

  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 2, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 8, Korea 0

Saturday, February 11

  • Women’s hockey: USA 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0

Monday, February 12

  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 3, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 8, Korea 0

Tuesday, February 13

  • Women’s hockey: Canada 4, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: USA 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Wednesday, February 14

  • Women’s hockey: Japan 4, Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Slovakia 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, USA 2 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Germany 2
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 2, USA 1

Thursday, February 15

  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 4, Norway 0
  • Women’s hockey: Finland 5, Olympics Athletes from Russia 1
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 2, South Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Canada 5, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey: USA 2, Slovakia 1

Friday, February 16

  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 8, Slovenia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Norway 1
  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 1, Germany 0
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 3, Canada 2 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Switzerland 2

Saturday, February 17

  • Men’s hockey: Switzerland 8, South Korea 0
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Finland 7, Sweden 2
  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 4, USA 0
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, Slovakia 2 (shootout)
  • Men’s hockey: Germany 2, Norway 1 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Korea 0

Sunday, February 18

  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Classification for Nos. 5-8): Japan 2, Sweden 1 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Canada 4, South Korea 0
  • Men’s hockey (Group C): Sweden 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): USA 5, Finland 0

Monday, February 19

  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): USA 5, Slovakia 1
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 7-8): Sweden 6, Korea 1

Tuesday, February 20

  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Norway 2, Slovenia 1 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 5-6): Switzerland 1, Japan 0
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Finland 5, South Korea 2
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Germany 2, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Czech Republic 3, USA 2 (shootout)

Wednesday, February 21

  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Norway 1
  • Women’s hockey (Bronze Medal): Finland 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Canada 1, Finland 0
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Germany 4, Sweden 3 (OT)
  • Women’s hockey (Gold Medal): USA 3, Canada 2 (shootout)

Friday, February 23

  • Olympic Athletes from Russia 3, Czech Republic 0
  • Germany 4, Canada 3

Saturday, February 24

  • Men’s hockey (Bronze): Canada 6, Czech Republic 4
  • Men’s hockey: Gold medal, 11:10 p.m. ET

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/24/2018)

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts 2018 are here. Find some projections, top players and a first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelton, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Geron Christian, T, Louisville
  31. New England Patriots — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Buffalo Bills (mock trade) — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  20. Detroit Lions — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  21. Denver Broncos (mock trade) — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  22. Buffalo Bills — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  25. Tennessee Titans — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
  32. New England Patriots — Ronald Jones, RB, USC

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Former TCU LB David Hawthorne supports Gary Patterson after Kolby Listenbee lawsuit

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

Former Horned Frogs linebacker David Hawthorne voiced his support for TCU and coach Gary Patterson on Saturday.

Patterson, along with TCU and the Big 12, is being sued by former TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee.

Listenbee alleged a “pattern of abuse and harassment,”  according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson, and is seeking more than $1 million in damages for TCU’s treatment of his injury during the 2015 season.

“This lawsuit makes my stomach turn and it gets even worse when you see that the people behind it were the first people to grab the trophy celebrating the joys TCU brought to them,” Hawthorne wrote in a Facebook post, which he shared to his public Twitter account.

“God forbid you feel pressure from the coach that wants you to live up to a potential that you can’t even see in yourself. God forbid you receive a 300,000 dollar scholarship to play football and someone expects you to actually play. God forbid you play a violent sport for a living and you get hurt, join the crowd.”

Here is the full message:

Hawthorne joins another former Frog — ex-TCU quarterback Casey Pachall — in publicly supporting Patterson following the lawsuit.

Listenbee has added more details to his claim, while TCU has countersued for the school’s name to be removed from the lawsuit.

Hawthorne was an undrafted free agent out of TCU in 2008 before playing four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and four more with the New Orleans Saints.

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